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DIY Photo Lamp

Living in a small house I often find myself very short on wall space. I often have to take photos down and replace them with new ones before I am feeling ready to do so.

Because of that, I’m always trying to find unique ways to display my pictures.

Having already filled my fridge and having a large canvas wall print, I wanted to find some other way to display multiple pictures in a nice way.

That’s when I came up with the coolest way display of all in my opinion… a photo lamp.

This DIY Lamp is a Pinterest project you will love. 

DIY Photo Lamp


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DIY Photo Lamp supplies

In your editing program create a collage according to the dimensions of your lampshade and paper available.

Collage Preparation Tips

  • I highly recommend changing your photos to black and white to give a more elegant looking lamp, if your program doesn’t give you that option try changing your printer settings to print in black and white only. Hint: If you’re going to make more than one, either as a gift or to sell, you’ll want to get a laser printer!
  • Also, make sure to leave at least ½ and inch at the end so you can overlap the paper, some lampshades may need 2-3 different papers to cover the length so, in that case, make sure to leave the space on both sides.

DIY Photo Lamp 2

After measuring your lamp, paper and designing your collage, cut the vellum or tracing paper accordingly to fit into your printer.

Print your collage onto the vellum or tracing paper, double check your placement and measurements and trim again if needed.

DIY Photo Lamp 3

Wrap your paper on the outside of the lampshade and tape into place.

Turn your lamp on and voila, a photo lamp!

DIY Photo Lamp Finished

Check out our boards on Pinterest for more great ideas!


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Nadine is a stay at home mom/professional photographer from Winnipeg who specializes in children and newborn photography. You can see some of her work at She has 3 wonderful children Caleb 9, Amélie 7 and Leia 2 and has been married to her best friend for the past 10 years. Nadine loves photography, baking, reading, crafting, helping people and finding daily ways to teach all these loves to her children and others around her.

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Thursday 4th of January 2018

Jody this lampshade is so cute! All kinds of feels right here. I can't wait to make one for my mom this year.

Jody @ Mommy Moment

Thursday 4th of January 2018

Thanks! Please do let me know when you have made yours, we would love to see a photo!

Barbara Harter

Monday 2nd of January 2017

How many pictures did you use?? I know it depends on the sizes, but the ones you used looks great.

paula schuck

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

This is super cute. I would totally try this at home. Thanks for the idea.


Friday 1st of January 2016

What scrapbooking program would you suggest. My computer doesn't even have Microsoft word, unless you mean word pad and I cannot get that to save photos. It is for text only.


Saturday 7th of March 2015

Can I just use actual photos? Why do I have to print pictures onto the vellum paper? Thanks!


Monday 4th of January 2016

You need to use vellum or tracing paper because light will shine through it. If you use a photo you will not illuminate it because the photo paper is too thick.


Saturday 2nd of May 2015

I would assume the biggest problem with using photos would eventually fade if you used real pictures instead of copies or it wouldn't illuminate as well.